New Executive Director of UNEP, Erik Solheim: Photo Harry Wad
Erik Solheim has taken up his appointment as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), replacing Achim Steiner, who served as Executive Director of UNEP for ten years from 2006.
Boyan Slat made the headlines a few years ago when as a student he came up with an innovative idea to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste in the oceans; he was even one of the principal speakers at the opening ceremony of the most recent CMS COP (Quito, 2014).
Bradnee Chambers (L), Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) presenting Daniel Calleja (R), Director-General for Environment of the European Commission with the Migratory Species Champion Plus Award.
Today the CMS Secretariat celebrates a new Champion for migratory species under the dedicated programme which aims at promoting the work under the CMS Family as well as encouraging and recognizing medium- and long-term support for conservation actions.
Every year more than 25 million of migratory birds are illegally killed or taken across the Mediterranean. They are shot or caught with nets and other indiscriminate traps. With the slogan “… and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade!”, World Migratory Bird Day 2016 highlighted the incredible numbers of migratory birds being lost each year as a result of these activities.
The 2016 meeting of the AWGNCB was held in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 23 to 27 May and was attended by ASEAN member countries, partner organizations such as the Convention on Migratory Species (represented by Francisco Rilla, the Capacity-building Officer), the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB), the ASEAN Secretariat, government organizations, and other regional and international NGOs.